The writer makes some excellent points here. The majority of professing Christians today appear to be mastered by their pastors. There is a demonic power or spell over people. Instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to lead them, they allow their preacher, or false prophets, or other people to guide them.
In order to consider the question of will it ‘hurt others’ you have to recognize the need for accountability to others, and repentance.
At this time I do not personally know of anyone who is doing anything to glorify God. All I have seen for especially the last 20 years is people fighting for the limelight in order to glorify themselves. It’s always about what “I” did, especially those who go on television in the Name of God claiming to be preaching the gospel but it is really about themselves. If it were honestly about glorifying God then they would get their shameful, deceitful face off the television. I have a NEWS FLASH for people. God never did need the devil’s tv set to send the gospel around the world. This media has ended up causing more damage all in the ‘Name of God’ than it ever has done any good.
The real reason that people want to be on television is so they can be famous and get tons of money out of people in order to lay up riches for themselves. True ministers of God are seldom heard about because all the fakers are too busy bamboozling the universe with their doctrines of devils. No one wants to hear the truth. People seek lies to make their lives comfortable. True ministers of God do not seek attention or fame or television. They are the ones deep down in the trenches getting dirty and being persecuted.
Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do ALL to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)
Keeping a close check on your lifestyle is the most reliable means to avoid direct or indirect participation in the tempter’s schemes. Jerry Bridges highlights four guidelines in his book The Pursuit of Holiness:
“Everything is permissible for me” —but not everything is beneficial. (1 Corinthians 6:12)
Question 1: Is it helpful, physically, spiritually, and mentally?
“Everything is permissible for me” —but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12)
Question 2: Does it bring me under its power?
“Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.” (1 Corinthians 8:13)
Question 3: Does it hurt others?
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Question 4: Does it glorify God?